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Coalition for Homeless Youth

The Coalition for Homeless Youth is committed to working on behalf of runaway, homeless and street youth to ensure their rights. Youth have the right to be safe, healthy and prepared for the future.

The Coalition for Homeless Youth brings together agencies and individuals from throughout New York State who share our ideals and who, by serving youth in the full context of their families, their cultures and their communities, provide a continuum of services that works towards making that ideal a reality.

 

Organizational Members:

Ali Forney Center  -  Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth  -  CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services

Catholic Charities of Albany/Community Maternity Services  -  Catholic Charities of Broome County

Catholic Charities of Herkimer County  -  Catholic Charities of Oneida/Madison Counties

Center for Youth Services  -  Children's Village  -  Compass House  -  Covenant House  -  Diaspora Community Services  -  The Door

Equinox  -  Family and Children's Association  -  Family and Children's Service of Niagara  -  Family of Woodstock  -  The Franciscan Center

GEMS  -  Good Shepherd Services  -  Green Chimneys/Arbor House  -  Green Chimneys/NYC  -  HEAT  -  Hetrick-Martin Institute

Hillside Children's Center  -  HONORehg  -  Hudson River Housing  -  The Jericho Project  -  MCCNY Homeless Youth Services

New Alternatives for LGBTQ Homeless Youth  -  Oswego County Opportunities  -  Rachel's Place  -  Safe Inc. of Schenectady

Safe Horizon  -  Safe Space  -  Salvation Army Syracuse  -  Sanctuary Project/Huntington Youth Bureau  -  SCO Family of Services

Time-Out Program/Seneca County Youth Bureau  -  Trinity Place Shelter  -  WAIT House  -  YWCA of the Mohawk Valley

United Church Home/Plymouth Crossroads

 

Affiliate Members:

Adolescent AIDS Program  -  Bronx AIDS Services/BOOM Health  -  Callen Lorde Community Health Center/HOTT  -  Donna McIntosh

Evelyn's House  -  Fedcap  -  Housing Works  -  Lawyers for Children  -  Monroe County Youth Bureau  - Nassau County Youth Board

Outreach Project  -  Putnam County Youth Bureau  -  Project Safe/Town of Babylon Youth Institute  -  Schuyler County Youth Bureau

'The Church'/St. Luke in the Fields  -  Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau  -  Urban Justice Center  -  Wayne County Youth Bureau

Westchester County Youth Bureau  -  West End Residences, HDFC, Inc./True Colors Residences

 


If you are a Homeless or Runaway Youth in need of help

Contact the National Runaway Safeline:

www.1800runaway.org,

1-800-RUNAWAY

(1-800-786-2929)

 

 

HISTORY OF THE COALITION FOR HOMELESS YOUTH AND RUNAWAY HOMELESS YOUTH IN NEW YORK STATE

1972 - The First congressional hearings on Runaway Homeless Youth take place.

1974 - Congress passes the federal Runaway Youth Act of 1974 as Title III of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (P.L. 93-415), to assist runaways outside of the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.   The Programs in NY state begin talking about services, & some of the programs receive federal funding for the first time.  An early group of providers form "Alternative Youth Services Network" - this group advocated for the inclusion of the basic principles and protections still included in the NYS RHYA, Executive Law Article 19-H, which was adopted in 1978.

1977 - The scope of the federal Runaway Youth Act of '74 is expanded to include homeless youth through the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (P.L. 93-415).

1978 - New York State adopts the State Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHYA) legislation following the federal Runaway Youth Act passed as Title III of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974.  New York State’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, Executive Law Article 19-H, created a framework for counties to develop strategies to serve youth under the age of 18 who needed emergency housing and short-term services. Counties developed plans, and matched state funds with local resources.  Services were developed in major metropolitan areas across the state. (From NYS OCFS ANNUAL REPORT)

1985 - NY counties report an emerging population of older homeless youth with no families to return to, but without sufficient resources and skills to live on their own.  NYS Runaway and Homeless Youth Act was amended to include provisions to meet the longer term needs of older homeless youth.  Counties with emergency services for runaway youth designed transition to independent living programs to serve young people aged 16 to 21. (From NYS OCFS ANNUAL REPORT)

2007 - Federal & State budgets decrease funding for RHY Services.

2008 - The Runaway and Homeless Youth Program (RHYP) was reauthorized several times, most recently by the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act of 2008 (P.L.110-378).  The law currently authorizes federal funding for three basic programs:  the Basic Center Program, Transitional Living Program, and Street Outreach Program.

2012 - Empire State Coalition of Youth and Family Services begins to go my the name, Coalition for Homeless Youth

2013 - The Coalition for Homeless Youth begins restoring their statewide support for Rural Programs by hosting a Statewide Conference for Rural Homeless Youth Programs

2014 - The Coaliton for Homeless Youth receives a subcontract from with New York University who receives a three-year research grant from the WT Grant Foundation for the Coalition's idea to study the Impact of Homeless Youth Services on Runaway and Homeless Youth

2014 - After a six year absence, the Coalition for Homeless Youth throws their first a statewide conference on Homeless and Runaway Youth for providers across the state.  This conference was hosted by the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services out of SUNY Albany's School of Social Welfare

2014/2015 - The Coalition for Homeless Youth begns to work collectively with NYS Runaway and Homeless Youth Advisory Committee and the Office of Children and Family Services to develop a clearer methodology for disbursing state funds for Runaway and Homeless Youth programs in New York.

2015 - The Coalition for Homeless Youth is successful in their advocacy to increase homeless youth funding from $2.3M to $4.5M for all of New York State

2015 - The Coaliton for Homeless Youth holds their statewide conference in collboration with the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services out of SUNY Albany's School of Social Welfare, with keynotes from Senator Bradley Hoylman's office and NYU's Dr. Marya Gwadz.

2015/2016 - The Coalition for Homeless Youth begins a statewide multi-year strategy to increase funding for Homeless and Runaway Youth Beds and Services 

Coalition for Homeless Youth

The Empire State Coalition is committed to working on behalf of runaway, homeless and street youth to ensure their rights. Youth have the right to be safe, healthy and prepared for the future.

The Empire State Coalition brings together agencies and individuals from throughout New York State who share our ideals and who, by serving youth in the full context of their families, their cultures and their communities, provide a continuum of services that works towards making that ideal a reality.

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"For every $1 dollar spent on homeless youth services...$4 are saved"

*(Cahn, et al, Stronger Youth and Smarter Communities)

Numbers...numbers...numbers

The way to progress

What we do

Runaway and homeless youth providers frequently confront questions relating to their clients' legal rights and responsibilities. Homeless & runaway youth providers frequently confront their questions relating to their client's legal rights & responsibilities.

WHO ARE WE ANYWAY?

Our Team

James Bolas

Executive Director

Eric Breese

Board President

Patrice Kellett

Board Treasurer

Roger Williams

Board Secretary

Numbers...numbers...numbers

1597+

Annual number of RHY staff trained by CHY

40+

Years as voice for RHY and their programs

42+

Training webinars available on the CHY website

70+

Coalition members statewide

Trainings from our Coalition...

are designed to meet the needs of homeless youth professionals throughout NYS, either in-person or via webinar, providing informative and crucial skill development for effectively working with and to meet the needs of Runaway and Homeless Youth

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Latest from our blog

Real-time news and updates about homeless youth
  1. Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness - Aftershocks: The Lasting Impact of Homelessness on Student Achievement

  2. This is an update of Federal Policy Initiatives and Resources for Homeless and Runaway Youth. (Thanks to MANY, Inc. for some of the information!)

  3. Locked In: Interactions with the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Systems for LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Who Engage in Survival Sex

  4. From HERE to THERE: CHY's Statewide Conference on the Expanse and Impact of Youth Homelessness Across the Many Spectrums of New York State Wednesday, November 4, 2015 8:30am – 5pm

  5. Coalition for Homeless Youth's Cycle to End Youth Homelessness!

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